tv [untitled] February 19, 2011 4:30pm-5:00pm PST
i think we can say that the asian-american community has come far in san francisco since we first started immigrating here in the 1950's, and there were many challenges for our community, beginning with the first exclusion act, immigration and for men and women that came for san francisco, to labor issues, and also segregation that we faced. and that was then brought forward as a court case to look at what it means to be equal but separate in our public schools. there is much work we have done here, and now we see we have our first asian-american mayor, the first time we have seen four asian american sitting on the board of supervisors. it is certainly an honor and privilege for me to be here today. i want to recognize the history not only of our communities, but of many communities that have fought for us to be here today. again, happy new year.
thank you for being here and joining in on the celebration. [applause] >> thank you, supervisors. assessor phil ting plays a crucial role in our city. his office is responsible for calling on all of us to pay our property taxes. maybe not so popular, but we like him. [laughter] his office makes sure that the revenue is here for the city budget. without further ado, please welcome city assessor phil ting. >> thank you. i am usually not popular with everyone else, but with other city officials, i am very popular. come budget time, they come calling. welcome to city hall. happy new year, everybody. it is an honor to see all of you here. it is a reminder for all of us
as public servants that we are here to serve you. the day we opened city hall to all of you -- it is quite an honor to see all of you here celebrating with us. it is a reminder of how we have to constantly keep city hall opened, not just for the folks that have access, but for those that do not. it has been a struggle. as my colleagues have talked about, it has been a struggle for the community. and it is not over yet. we have some high hurdles to face, serious budget issues coming up this coming year. we have a lot of strong economic issues, moving forward, but i know that you know that all of us are working hard every day to solve those problems. again, happy new year. [[s speaking chinese]
happy new year, everybody. [applause] >> thank you, phil. i know the general counsel is here. would you like to say a few words now? [applause] >> [speaking chinese] [applause] dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, is truly a privilege and honor to join you tonight to celebrate the chinese lunar new year.
it is so amazing to see so many friends, not only of chinese americans, but also asian americans, friends from the mainstream, to celebrate this important holiday. as we know, chinese new year is the longest and most important celebration in the chinese calendar. it is a time for family reunion, a time to reaffirm the value of friendship. it is also a time to reflect on the past, while looking forward with renewed hope, to the fresh start of a new year. the year 2010 is very important to remember. last year, the relationship between china and the united states of america has achieved new progress. people to people contacts and exchanges between our two countries grow rapidly.
last year, 3 million visited each other. 1 million from china, 2 million from the united states of america. we see our mutual friendship enhanced, our cooperation consolidated and expanded. especially, our bilateral trade reached a new record of $385.3 billion. 29.3% more than the previous year. that is 150 times more than 32 years ago, when china and america established diplomatic relations. and the state of california maintains its leading position in exports to china. in the fourth quarter of last year, california exported x 0.8 billion u.s. dollars to china,
which is 28% more than the same period of last year. 35% is from the bay area. the year 2010 is also a very remarkable in the relationship between china and san francisco. last year, shanghai and san francisco celebrated the city's anniversary of the sister city relationship. three mayors of this city led a large delegation to shanghai and inaugurated the grand opening of the san francisco post at the world expo. they open their second office in beijing. last year, we maintained frequent exchanges and close cooperation and achieved new, substantial results.
in the context of the new year, you have already had a promising beginning. as you know, one month ago, chinese president hu jintao paid a visit to this country and held productive talks with president obama. both our leaders declared their commitment to building a cooperative the partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefits. his visit is important and will surely give new impetus to the overall development of our bilateral relations. in all 50 states, the state of california and san francisco, in particular, will benefit from this. this year is also a remarkable year for san francisco. for the first time in its 162-
year history, you have and we have four asian american supervisors. and the first time in history, we have a chinese-american mayor. it is not only, i think, a recognition of asian americans, chinese americans, but of the contribution to the overall development to the city, and also, a vivid expression of the cultural makeup of san francisco which made the city so dynamic, strong and beautiful. ladies and gentlemen, the chinese counsel stands ready to work with you in the future to work and make san francisco -- as mere ly said -- the best gateway to china.
>> thank you so much, general counsel. all of you are invited to a reception after the conclusion of this program. this event could not have happened without our sponsor this evening, at&t. i want to welcome the regional vice-president mark blackman. >> happy new year of the rabbit. i wish you much prosperity and good health. at&t is happy to be a part of this rich and beautiful tapestry of the city. as a new resident -- i just relocated this summer. one of the first people i met when i arrive this summer was then-city administrator ed lee. i am so grateful to now be celebrating with you with our first chinese-american mayor in my new home of san francisco.
thank you so much for letting us be a part of this wonderful evening. we wish you a happy new year and please enjoy the events afterwards. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, mark. thank you to at&t. we have many officials joining us for the celebrations this evening. i see supervisor david campos is with us. [applause] supervisor ross mirkarimi. [applause] and supervisor malia cohen. [applause] where is supervisor scott wiener? [applause] thank you for being here. we have our district attorney mr. gascon. public defender jeff a
adachi. and our fire chief, joanne as white. [applause] acting city administrator, amy brown. [applause] port director monique moyer is with us. [applause] and from senator mark lino's office, susan slim. [applause] from assemblyman tom ammiano's office. thank you for joining us in the celebration. we will have the final performance of the evening from the chinese american international school. they helped to start this celebration earlier this evening. i do not know if all of us were here but they are now returning. they will be performing for us and the beautiful traditions of the chinese new year, the
>> [inaudible] [applause] this is really a unique performance. before we end tonight's program, i want to, on behalf of the city, thank at&t again for your generous sponsorship, making the celebration happening. we would liked everyone to join us for the reception. we want to thank owner of moonstar. we want to thank you for your contribution.